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Can astronavigation be used during flight?

You sure can! It's not really done all too much any more in the days of GPS but it was done quite a bit in the early days of aviation. Historically, this was done by the "flight navigator" a position ...
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Do pilots need to know how to use a sextant?

As a retired USAF Navigator, I can tell you C-130's stopped using celestial Navigation by the mid-1990's. As far as accuracy, if you were good at it, and that took years of practice, you could get ...
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Can astronavigation be used during flight?

It has in the past. Though the process for both pilots and sailors is a little more complex than just looking at the stars. See a previous AviationStackExchange question. Do pilots need to know how ...
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Can astronavigation be used during flight?

Of course it can be done, and astronavigation was often used in long-range flights, and transatlantic passenger liners such as the Super Constellation were fitted with a plexiglas astro-dome so that ...
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Do pilots need to know how to use a sextant?

Yes, but it's not that common, except for a few, rare military applications. The Lockheed A-12 and SR-71 aircraft featured a Nortronics NAS14-V2 Astralinertial navigation system which used a self ...
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